Welcome to the SCORE Small Business Success Blog, where small business experts and mentors share tips, discuss trends, and provide advice on a wide range of topics affecting entrepreneurs in every industry.

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Economic Downturn Coming? Do a SWOT analysis

Article Language: English
May 31, 2022,

SWOT analysis will help you be ready and focused for any downturn in the economy.

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Recession or depression, what are you betting on?

Article Language: English
May 5, 2022,

What’s your bet on the economy? The economy is currently experiencing a lot of bumps in the road. The author identifies an approach to provide you with options to take for your business in this environment. These options are identified through looking at your business in the worst case and most likely case scenarios, and using your financial statements as a tool to help you develop a plan to execute the option you decide to go with. In the end, the author reinforces that SCORE is here to help you work through these unknowns and to help you and your business not only survive but also to thrive.

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PARTNERING WITH OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITIES – THE LEARNINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Article Language: English
February 5, 2022,

The SCORE Twin Cities Chapter has over 140 volunteers that have an ongoing commitment to extend free education and mentoring to all our business communities including women and people of color. SCORE Twin Cities is working with Minnesota Africans United (MAU) and Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON).

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SCORE Twin Cities Chapter Partners with Minnesota Africans United

Article Language: English
June 29, 2021,

A new partnership with Minnesota Africans United (MAU) will focus on supporting the African immigrant community with their ambitions to start and own businesses and to improve trade between Minnesota and African countries.

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Prepare and Protect Your Small Business

Article Language: English
September 27, 2022

As an entrepreneur, you put your heart and soul into making your business a success. So, ensuring your business is protected against the unexpected makes sense. That's where business insurance comes in. This article will help you understand the different kinds of insurance you can purchase and how they can help you mitigate risks. 

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What Do Employees Want? How to Attract and Retain Workers for Your Small Business

Article Language: English
September 27, 2022,

Many business owners still struggle to find and keep employees, whether small businesses operate in-office (store or restaurant), virtually, or in a hybrid environment.  
As the nation continues to operate at nearly full employment, keeping your staff happy and onboard is even more difficult. Several recent surveys of U.S. employees reveal some challenges small business owners face and how they cope with them.

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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity

Article Language: English
September 19, 2022,

If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of iPhones in June 2007, they have changed how we work and live. 

Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a fan of Android, there is likely a lot you don’t know about how smartphones can improve your team’s efficiency and productivity. 

Here are some tips for how smartphones can boost your business.

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Should You Start or Grow a Small Business During a Recession?

Article Language: English
September 12, 2022,

Starting a business in the next 12 months is a smart move, despite fears of a recession or inflation. Read this blog by small business expert Rieva Lesonsky to learn why.

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14 Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Received from a Mentor

Article Language: English
August 17, 2022,

To help you see the benefit of mentorship, we asked entrepreneurs this question for their best insights gained as mentees. From owning your own mistakes to breaking big goals into small steps, several pieces of advice may help you shape your career and personal life into success, just like the entrepreneurs who shared them

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12 Funding Options for Black-Owned Businesses

Article Language: English
August 15, 2022,

To help Black-owned businesses identify the best funding sources available, we asked CEOs and business leaders this question for their best insights. From the iFundWomen of Color Program to Reign Ventures, there are several options available particularly for Black business owners to secure funding for their businesses. 

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Starting a Black Beauty Business

Article Language: English
August 11, 2022,

Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more cosmetics. They are purchasing 70% more than they did pre-pandemic, according to the “Makeup Attitudes and Usage Report” from The NPD Group.

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